Winter 2019 The Authors


The Cuddley Ones
by Marina Tagger

Marina is an educator by profession and has been collecting dolls since the age of 16. She keeps busy with her doll repair business, and takes care of her beautiful family, including her two children (the doll collectors of tomorrow). She is a certified UFDC judge, a seminar and program presenter and the author of many doll articles for a variety of publications, including DOLL NEWS. She is currently working on a book about the J.D. Kestner Jun. Company. In her spare time, she also teaches young children in theater.

The Collector's Guide to British Dolls Since 1920 by Colette Mansell, London, Great Britain: Robert Hale Limited. 1983
Pollock's Dictionary of English Dolls London, Great Britain: Robert Hale Limited. 1982


Collection V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd. London E29PA, UK.'s+Employment+fund+in


Shhh…Unmentionables Below
by Deb Hoffman

Deb is a UFDC member-at-large of 10 years whose doll collections includes both antique and reproduction examples. As a freelance author, she enjoys reading, researching and writing historically based articles. She has written for Antique Doll Collector magazine and Doll News and has been involved in the co-publication of small self-published circulars such as The French Fashion Doll Revue where she managed research, writing, layout, graphics and production for several years. Deb enjoys the outdoors and lives on The Continental Divide in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado on a small family ranch with her husband and daughter.


Unica Liberation Dolls
by Linda Holderbaum

Linda has been collecting dolls since the 1960s.  While ethnic dolls have always been her first love, her collection includes antique to modern and everything in between.  She is the executive director of the Art Center of Battle Creek with extensive museum collection background.  She was the chairperson of the 1989 UFDC Region 12 conference in Battle Creek. She was a judge for the Timbertown Dollology Club's annual competition for 10 years and for the Fort Wayne Doll Club's annual competition for 15 years.  She also is a writer for Antique Doll Collector's Magazine.



Make Yourself at Home
by Rebekah Kaufmann

Professionally, I worked full time for Steiff for several years as the company's marketing and Steiff Club manager. I was Steiff's U.S. based archivist for almost a decade, and still occasionally do identification and writing projects for the company. Today, I sell vintage Steiff on Ruby Lane; work with private clients on collections management challenges; give collector presentations worldwide; consult for networks including HGTV, CBS (Inside Edition), (Pawn Stars), E! Entertainment (Clean House), and the BBC (The Repair Shop); and write for numerous doll, bear and general collectors' publications and outlets, including Kovels, Worthpoint, Ruby Lane, Doll News, Dolls, and Teddy Bear & Friends, among others.

The work that I am most proud of is my blog, which is called My SteiffLife. It can be found online at It is truly a labor of love and commitment to the Steiff-loving community. The blog is updated weekly and focuses on vintage Steiff finds, Steiff antiquing and travel adventures, International Steiff happenings, and the legacy and history of the Steiff company. I started writing the blog in 2009 and as of the summer of 2018, I have written over 525 columns. Each post can take 2 to 4 hours to write. Over time, my blog has caught the eye of collectors, businesses, event producers, and the media, and has been instrumental in helping me share the joy of Steiff across generations, time zones, and continents. If you have a Steiff question, feel free to contact me at



Liberty of London Dolls
by Lucy Heckman

For Further Reading:

Cloth Dolls: From Ancient to Modern by Linda Edward, Atgen, PA.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1997.
Blue Books by Jan Foulke (entry for Liberty of London dolls)
"Liberty of London Dolls," by Linda Holderbaum, Antique Doll Collector, V. 19, No. 11, December 2016
"More Liberty Dolls Surface," by Linda Holderbaum, Antique Doll Collector, V. 20, No. 11, December 2017
"Liberty of London Dolls," by Marie Stewart Hughes, Doll World, October 1995
 "Majesty in Miniature, Part I," by Anita E. Jones, Dolls Magazine, November 1997
 "Majesty in Miniature, Part II," by Anita E. Jones, Dolls Magazine, December 1997
Cloth Dolls of the 1920s and 1930s, by Polly Judd, Hobby House, Cumberland, MD, 1990.

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